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Kichu Lakhang

The Kichu Lhakhang temple is one of the most iconic Himalayan Buddhist temple in Bhutan and attracts a huge tourist footfall owing to how old and beautiful it is. The temple was built in the 659 AD but its grandeur is still very visible.

Highlights: Since Bhutan is famous for its temple, you can't miss out on the Kichu Lhakhang which is just a short drive from the city of Paro. There are various additional buildings and a highly noticeable golden roof all of which was made in the year 1839 by the Governor of city Paro. There are prayer wheels around the temple and you can try spinning around the temple to worship the idol.

Location: Lango Gewog, Paro, Bhutan.

Timings: No official timings given by the temple but ideal to visit during early morning or evening.

Pricing: Visiting the temple is completely free of cost for everyone.
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Samtengang Winter Trek

Starting from Punakha, Samtengang Winter Trek is a short and considerably simple and easy trek to Wangduephodrang Dzongkhag with average altitude rising not more than 1900 meters. The climate is excellent and due to low altitude preserves warmer climate which is pleasant and soothing. The trekking trail is devoid of uncomfortable steeps and heights making the trail quite smooth for the amateur hikers.

The trail passes through rhododendron forest which is a delight to see especially in monsoon times. The region also posses dense vegetation with oak and maple trees and also the longest foot bridge of Bhutan. Villages like Sha and Chungsakha also falls on this trail. It is approximately 54 km in length.



Highlights
: Sha viilage and lifestyle of Bhutanese people based there.

Duration
: 3 days trekking tour.

Location
: Near Punakha, Bhutan

Best Season
: March - April, October to November. However due to low altitude it can be visited in winter too.
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Paro

Paro is the first must see location in Bhutan. It is a beautiful and magnificent valley that is enveloped by lush green rice fields.

Highlights: Paro is a historic town of Bhutan. It has several historic buildings and sacred sites that are scattered all across the area. Along with the Punakha and Jakar, Paro forms a ‘golden triangle’ of the prominent destinations of Bhutan. Undisturbed scenic beauty, craggy mountain hills, peaceful atmosphere and clean air definitely make it a must visit place in Bhutan. One thing that attracts several visitors to Paro is the Rinpung Dzong which is one of the most striking examples of a typical monastery of Bhutan. Dzong is known to host the festival of masks which is locally known as the Paro Tsechu. Making a visit during this time can be fruitful. Apart from this, the National Museum of Paro is another must see attraction which attracts several visitors.

Location: Paro is a small town situated in the Paro District in the Paro Valley of Bhutan.

Timings: Open 24 hours.

Pricing: Entry is free.
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Wangduephodrang Tshechu Festival

Wangduephodrang Tshechu is an annual festival introduced by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal after the Dzong was completed. As per history, the dzong which served as the administrative centre got constructed in 1639 by the disciplined effort of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal near Puna Tsang Chu. To celebrate this occasion, a 3 day festival was organized which is majorly attended by the natives of Thimphu and Punakha.

One of the most celebrated activities on this festival is Raksha Mangcham which is also named as the dance of the ox. Huge gathering assembles to see the beautiful act which concludes with the display of the Guru Tshengye Thongdrol where every onlooker fetch blessings and wash away their sins.



Highlights
: sight of Guru Tshengye Thongdrol

Festival time
: In the month of June

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What You Should Know More About Paro

  • Travel Advice

    • There are places which require permits to visit. Check for those and have your permits obtained in order to avoid permission issues.

    • Crime against tourists in Paro is minimum, but is still advised to not carry a lot of cash and maintain safety at lonely hours.

    • Paro is a place where culture and traditions are given a lot of importance. Hence, you should not, in any way, disrespect the locals as well as their culture and traditions.

    • Carry your passport and identity proofs whenever you go out.

    • Take care of the basic safety measures while on hiking trips and carry a first aid box with you.

    • Keep a track of the hiking routes and do not go off the usual trekking route as there are chances of you getting lost off the route.

  • Drinking Laws

    The minimum legal drinking age in Bhutan is 18 years, for all types of alcoholic drinks and it is advised to carry an age proof for the same.


  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Tiger’s Nest Monastery

    One of the most famous landmarks in Bhutan, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery is an unofficial symbol of the Kingdom of Bhutan. It is one of the most sacred as well as scenic religious sited of the country. Located on a cliff 3000 meters above the sea level, it takes a steep hike or a pony ride to reach there but the entire journey is totally worth it as the mystique view of the valley will leave you awe-struck.


    Snowman Trek

    Paro is a hot spot for adventure activities in Bhutan, be it trekking, hiking, mountain biking or water sports like rafting and kayaking. The Snowman trek is one of the most challenging and enduring treks in Bhutan. With the final point located at 5400 meter above the sea level, you will cross 4 passes to teach the top. You will pass through fresh rice fields, village settlements and a little bit of difficult terrain while on this trek. If you are interested in kayaking or rafting, you should do it on the lower Paro Chhu River.

    Kyichu Lakhang

    This is one of the most beautiful temples of Bhutan, and its name means ‘Blue Temple’. It is called so because the temple is colored blue, unlike other Buddhist temples which are colored red, yellow and white. It is one of the oldest temple in the Kingdom and if you want to have some calmness of mind and positivity, it is a must to visit here.

    Paro Museum

    While you get to see reflections of the History of Bhutan at this museum, you will also get some of the best views of Paro town from the Museum, as it is located above the land level. You can either drive up or hike to reach there and see the panorama of golden rice fields surrounded by green mountains. To get the best of this, you should visit here around sunset.

    Drugyel

    Drugyel is a place which gives you one of the best views of the popularly worshipped Jomolhari peak, which is snow-capped throughout the year. While you see the peak, you can also explore the ruins near Drugyel Dzong and get a sense of the local history.

    Iron Horse Temple

    Iron Horse temple is a site between Thimphu and Paro and is also called Tachogang. It is located across a hill near the Paro-Thumphu highway and getting here is a real adventure because you have to cross a suspension bridge over a river, which is quite shaky and trembling. The bridge is just a mesh of wires and hence, it is a complete thrill to cross this.


  • What you will like there?

    Natural Serenity

    Paro is a place situated amid a surrounding of tall standing magnificent and grand mountains, where you will get to see nature’s miracles at their best. You will never have enough of the nature’s serenity in Bhutan as different panoramic views will leave you stunned forever.

    Adventure

    Paro is nothing less than a pilgrimage site for adventure seekers. From adventurous trekking routes, mountaineering routes, water sports like rafting and kayaking and camping sites, Paro has all of what your adventure seeking heart craves for.

    Welcoming atmosphere

    The locals of Paro and Bhutan as a whole are one of the happiest and most friendly people you will ever meet. They always greet you with a smile and offer help in times of difficulty. People here choose to live a simple life following their traditions and all of this will definitely give you a positive vibe.

    Traditions and Culture

    Paro is one of the most cultural places in Bhutan and a city which hosts some of the most important traditional festivals of this serene Himalayan Kingdom. People here still follow centuries old culture no matter how much of an external influence they have and this is very special aspect of this place.


  • Recommended reads for destination

    Website :

    Tourism Website


    Forum :

    TripAdvisor Travel Forum


    Books :

    The Bhutan Bucket List (The Bucket List Series)

    Dreams of the Peaceful Dragon: A Journey Through Bhutan




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